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Pediatrician - Lexington
230 Fountain Court Suite 260
Lexington, KY 40509
(859) 264-0660

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A Caring Touch Pediatrics & International Adoptions opened in May 2006 with the desire to provide the best general pediatric health care for the children of Central Kentucky and for children from abroad who now live in the Bluegrass. 
We look forward to meeting many new faces and making lasting relationships with children from Kentucky and other culturally diverse backgrounds.

DR. Taylor

As of August 31, 2022, Dr. Taylor retired from A Caring Touch Pediatrics. Her presence in our practice will be greatly missed. We wish her well in her retirement and future endeavors.



Dr. Shanda Morris

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Shanda Morris to A Caring Touch Pediatrics! Dr. Morris is a native of Indiana. She is a graduate of Georgetown College and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She completed a residency in Family Medicine in Huntsville, Alabama. She served as a Chief Resident and did an Obstetrics fellowship in order to pursue her love of maternal and child medicine. After finishing her residency, Dr. Morris returned to central Kentucky to be closer to family. In 1996 she started practicing family medicine in Winchester. Since then she has been providing primary care to families in Clark, Montgomery and Powell counties. She was a longtime staff member at Clark Regional Medical center, where she cared for newborns and hospitalized pediatric patients. She is now looking forward to bringing her pediatric experience to A Caring Touch




Dr. Bush

Dr. Bush is a native of Lexington. She graduated from Lafayette High School then received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She returned to attend the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. Bush remained at UK for her pediatric residency. She then joined the faculty of UK as a pediatrician and clinical instructor. After four years at UK she joined a private pediatric practice in Lexington before moving to A CaringTouch Pediatrics. She is the original member of this practice.


Dr. Mark Parrott

Dr. Mark Parrott is a native of Versailles, Kentucky.  Dr. Parrott attended medical school and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.  He initially practiced for 10 years in general pediatric offices in Versailles and Frankfort. He then accepted the call to help create a private practice clinic, based on a unique concept, within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky. After 18 years of serving the healthcare needs of university families, he joined Dr. Taylor and Dr. Bush in 2012, providing personal pediatric care at A Caring Touch Pediatrics located in Lexington, Kentucky.


Beth E. Sturgill MSN, ARNP, PNP-BC

Beth, is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. After graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky, she immediately began working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the UK Children’s Hospital. While there, she earned a Master of Science degree in nursing along with her initial Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification. Concurrently, she practiced at the Family Care Center and Fayette County Elementary schools in their Healthy Kids Clinics. She also taught clinicals to nursing students at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. After fifteen years of work in the PICU she began work at the UK Children’s Clinic and Twilight Clinic as a staff nurse. When presented with the incredible opportunity to practice as a PNP at A Caring Touch Pediatrics, she felt privileged for the chance to work in such a wonderful environment and joined the team. She looks forward to meeting many new people and being an integral part of their health care maintenance and well-being. She resides in Lexington with her husband and four children.


Elizabeth Shoemaker, RN

Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Lexington Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Upon graduation, she worked for 7 years at UK Children’s Hospital in the infectious pediatric disease ward. For the past 18 years, she has worked with Dr. Shawn Taylor at a general pediatrician’s office in Central Kentucky. She is a native Kentuckian and married with a teenage son. She feels that children and families are a blessing from God and should be treated with the utmost respect and tender loving care. She considers it a privilege and an honor to help provide the best medical care for your children and is very excited and looking forward to meeting each of you.




LeaAnn Howell

LeaAnn was born and raised in Kentucky. She moved to Lexington in 1995 where she attended Lexington Community College (now called Bluegrass Community and Technical College). She began working in pediatrics in 1995 as an emergency room technician. In 1997 she began using her talents in a pediatric office, ultimately assuming the position of laboratory director. She has loved every minute of her work and really enjoys interacting with children. She has been married for 6 years and has two wonderful boys. LeaAnn is excited to be a part of the ACT team and will add her own fun and personal touch to each ACT experience.


A Caring Touch Pediatrics complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex.



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